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Phylogenetic comparative methods for studying diversification and phenotypic evolution (PCME01)

5th November 2018 - 8th November 2018

£220.00 – £480.00

Course Overview:

Phylogenetic comparative methods are commonly used nowadays to investigate how species diversification occurs and to test hypotheses about the mechanisms that drive phenotypic evolution, e.g. to model speciation and extinction, to understand why some groups are more diverse than others, to test whether phenotypic traits have evolved under neutral, directional or diversifying selection, to investigate how evolutionary rates are modified across the evolutionary history of a group etc. In all these cases, a phylogenetic hypothesis for the group of interest is combined to phenotypic and ecological data at the species level to understand the tempo and mode of evolutionary change.

The objective of this course is to provide an overview of these methods and of the tools available for their implementation in the R statistical language. During theoretical sessions, we will review the main concepts and statistical tools necessary for testing hypotheses about species diversification and phenotypic evolution. These will then be implemented during practicals through worked examples to provide the participants with hands-on experience on data management and the implementation of these methods to real biological data.

Intended Audience

Research postgraduates, practicing academics and primary investigators in evolutionary ecology with interest for any kind of studies involving evolutionary inferences across phylogenetically related species.

Venue – PR statistics head office, 53 Morrison Street, Glasgow, G5 8LB – Google map
Availability – 24 places
Duration – 4 days
Contact hours – Approx. 28 hours
ECT’s – Equal to 4 ECT’s
Language – English


• COURSE ONLY – Includes lunch and refreshments.
• ACCOMMODATION PACKAGE (to be purchased in addition to the course only option) – Includes breakfast, lunch, welcome dinner Monday evening, farewell dinner Wednesday evening, refreshments and accommodation. Self-catering facilities are available in the accommodation. Accommodation is approx. a 6 minute walk from PR statistics head office. Accommodation is multiple occupancy (max 3-4 people) single sex en-suite rooms. Arrival Sunday 4th November (after 5pm) and departure Thursday 8th November (accommodation must be vacated by 9am).

To book ‘COURSE ONLY’ with the option to add the additional ‘ACCOMMODATION PACKAGE’ please scroll to the bottom of this page.

Other payment options are available please email oliverhooker@prstatistics.com

Cancellation policy: Cancellations are accepted up to 28 days before the course start date subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Cancellations later than this may be considered, contact oliverhooker@prstatistics.com Failure to attend will result in the full cost of the course being charged. In the unfortunate event that PR~statistics must cancel this course due to unforeseen circumstances a full refund for the course will be credited. However PR~statistics cannot be held responsible for any travel fees, accommodation or other expenses incurred to you as a result of the cancellation.


Dr. Antigoni Kaliontzopoulou


Teaching Format
Course Programme


5th November 2018
8th November 2018
£220.00 – £480.00


PR statistics head office
53 Morrison Street
Glasgow, Scotland G5 8LB United Kingdom
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